The National Research Council (Cnr) has always paid special attention to international activity, which has been for years one of its main features representing a fundamental aspect of the transformation that Cnr is pursuing in oder to properly face the third millennium's challenges on research and technological development.
As of its birth in 1923, Cnr was called to represent Italy within the International Research Council (IRC) and to participate, the same year, in its first meeting held in Brussels.
Despite the various restructurings and transformations, Cnr's identity as a national multidisciplinary research institution unchanged throughout the past 80 years. The Council has always represented a significant presence and an important benchmark for the whole national international scientific community, a source of wide range and qualified expertise, essential dor the growth of the national scientific system's competitiveness and for the creation of a review system able to assess thr Italian research performance according to the international evaluation criteria.
In designing its most recent restructuring, Cnr's central administration decided to set up two Divisions, both working on international matters:
- Technical Unit of utmost importance International Relations
The Office for European and International Relations is in charge of governing and managing Cnr'srelationships with EU and other prominent International Scientific Organizations active within the European scenario, including monothematic research Organizations.
It ensures Cnr's participation in strategic and coordination activities carried out by MIUR and MAE within the European context, also in close connection with the Italian Permanent Representation at EU.
It guarantees official relations with the National Representatives in the Framework Program's Committees and with National Contact Points.
It is responsible for providing all Cnr researchers with the appropriate assistance during the applying process for obtaining EU Framework Program's grants. Potential applicants will be ensured with a constant flow of information aimed at broadening and understanding of international and domestic rules/procedures concerning specific issues of the EU Framework Program and of other EU initiatives (detection of 'Calls for proposls'; drafting of applications; management of projects/contracts;monitoring of the audit processes).
The Office encourages and supports the presence of Cnr within programs and initiatives launched by other European research Organizations (ESF, EuroHorcs, COST, Eureka etc.), aimed at the building of the European Research Area.
Its Units in Genoa and Naples ensure, thanks to the presence of integrated competences on the territory, local support to Cnr Institutes based in Northern and Southern Italy.
In order to better support Cnr's participation in the European Research Area (ERA), the detached Units, spread in the territory, have the specific task to support the identification of ERA policies and key-tools: the Genoa unit is in charge of European Infrastructures and researchers' mobility; Naples unit is responsible for multilateral strategies and cooperation with non-EU Countries (in the framework of European policies), while the Brussels branch works at Joint Programming Initiatives.
As part of its activities, the International Relations Office financially supports and promotes the exchange of researchers for the development of jointly agreed research projects and of individual scientific activity, through bilateral Agreements on scientific and technological cooperation drawn up with corresponding research organizations in all Countries and in all continents. Within their framework, the Office also backs the carrying out of bilateral seminars. It promotes the participation of Italian researchers in scientific activities carried out by foreign institutions through the program of Short Term Mobility (STM). It supports and maintains close relations of collaboration with the Italian scientific Attaches at the Italian Representations abroad (where it has recently published calls for scholarships for young graduates) and with the scientific Attaches of the Embassies of foreign Countries in Italy.
Thanks to the increasing institutional relationships with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) aimed at strengthening the role of science within diplomacy as an additional tool available to the Italian foreign policy, a further program of multi-sectoral training called DIPLOMAzia has been created. It is mainly supported by the MAE’s General Directorate for Development Cooperation with the purpose of fostering joint initiatives with emerging Countries.
Over and above ensuring, together with the tasked units of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Ministry of University and Research, the Italian representation within the large international Organizations and the non-governmental international Institutions, the Office manages the scientific activities deriving from the intergovernmental Agreements.
It furthermore participates in the carrying out and management of significant international initiatives and important scientific projects.
Data source: Ufficio Relazioni Europee e Internazionali
Last update: 10/06/2016